We think the true measure of our environmental commitment is how we go about recycling this precious metal in the first place:
We’re continually improving our electrical and mechanical efficiencies and developing better separation processes to extract every ounce of metal in the recycling process. We are reducing the volume of materials sent to landfills.
Our Englewood and Grand Junction facilities were recognized by the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), a statewide environmental recognition and reward program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, as Gold Leaders. The ELP recognized our Colorado sites for voluntarily going beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and for their commitment to continual environmental improvement. The Gold level is the program’s highest achievement, accomplished by WMR six years in a row.
Real Recycling Facts
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of the aluminum used in North America is from domestically recycled content.
The United States annually recycles enough ferrous scrap (by weight) to build more than 600 Golden Gate Bridges.
2 out of 3 tons of steel made in the U.S. is manufactured using ferrous scrap.
Scrap recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions by requiring significantly less energy to manufacture products from recyclables than directly from iron ore and also avoiding the landfill.
Recycling 1 ton of steel conserves
pounds of limestone
pounds of coal
pounds of iron ore
The United States annually recycles enough copper to provide the copper content for 25,000 Statues of Liberty.
Of an estimated total of 700 million tons of aluminum produced in the world since commercial manufacturing began in the 1880s, about
- 75% 75%
is still in productive use as secondary raw material.
If all aluminum scrap processed in the United States were used solely to produce standard soda cans, the lined-up cans would stretch the distance from Earth to Venus.
25 million miles
Energy saved using recycled materials versus virgin materials is up to:
for iron and steel